For me, summer is synonymous with trips to National Parks. As a kid, National Parks seemed to the be theme of our family vacations. Mom and Dad would pack us into the car and head off to the likes of Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Glacier and Denali to name a few. As an adult I’ve added to that list with Acadia, Death Valley, Arches, and Zion topping the list. Fortunately, I married a guy that likes National Parks as much as I do and so we’ve kept checking more off the list of parks we’ve visited.
A few years ago we decided we should probably buy a National Park Passport Book. If like visiting National Parks you really should get one. They are similar to a real passport, (minus the expense and headache!) and you stamp them each time you visit a park or monument. Each National Park has their own stamp; some being really unique. Why I didn’t get one of these long ago I don’t know but really wish I had. We are starting to fill ours up but we’ve got a long ways to go.
Lucky for us we live in an area with six National Parks and Monument in our backyard and eleven more within a half-days drive. Without trying too hard we’ve filled up the Rocky Mountain section of our book and have even had to start stamping into the section for overflow stamps. One unique way we’re personalizing our passport book is by adding photos of ourselves with each parks sign along with the stamp. There is a place on each page for a special sticker you can buy at each park but we wanted something more personalized. After our visit, we glue a photo of ourselves at that park into where the sticker would go.
What is it about National Parks that draw us in? We feel like these are special places that blend adventure, travel, education and culture in a way that nothing else can. What better way to truly touch America than by hiking in the footsteps of pioneers on the Oregon trail, traveling back in time by helping excavate a fossil, standing in Custer’s boots under a Montana sky at the Battle of Little Bighorn, or camping under a starry sky in some of the wildest places on earth. The next time you find yourself wanting something to do or wishing you understood something better, we’d recommend grabbing your own National Park Passport Book and heading to the nearest National Park.
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